MONICA, real-time control of the distribution grid

“MONICA will be a fundamental tool for managing the power system, which is gaining new protagonists.”

Energy storage, electric vehicles and their recharging points, distributed generation and new systems of electrical self-consumption are making traditional consumption models change and therefore, their management should also be different. The challenge is for the distribution grid to adapt to the active elements, and to be capable of operating in a decentralised and bidirectional manner, interacting with them. The real-time knowledge of the distribution grid offered by MONICA will make it possible to optimally integrate these new elements—something that would be practically impossible with traditional energy models. 

An efficient and sustainable energy model

By implementing these information and communication technologies into the current electrical grid, we have obtained an intelligent grid that allows us to offer users a more efficient and sustainable model.

The MONICA Project was carried out in the Living Lab of Smart City Málaga, the centre of real experimentation for developing Grupo Enel’s electrical distribution technologies.

At Endesa, we’ve led the consortium that has carried out the project, which includes the participation of Ayesa Advanced Technologies, Ingelectus Innovative Electrical Solutions, Ormazábal Media Tensión and ETSII’s Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Seville through the AICIA Foundation. The project has a total budget greater than 3 million euros, of which around 1.3 million are financed by the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI), supported by the Ministry of Economy and Business, as part of the INNTERCONECTA programme, and co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER).

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